NORMAL, Ala. – Alabama A&M University has announced the promotion of Mitch Hill to the role of baseball head coach.
Hill first joined the AAMU baseball program last season as an assistant under former head coach Michael Tompkins. After Tompkins resigned in July 2013, Hill filled in temporarily as interim.
Hill was responsible for the recruiting and instrumental in administering the early signing class for the 2014 season. This will be his first position as a head coach.
“We are excited to announce Coach Mitch Hill as our new head baseball coach,” said Bryan Hicks, Alabama A&M Director of Athletics. “He brings an exciting and energetic brand of baseball. His ability to recruit top-notch baseball student-athletes who excel in the classroom as well as on the diamond is exactly what we need. His hiring gives us the continuity to build on an up-and-coming baseball program.”
Mitch began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of North Alabama, where he lettered and pitched from 2002 to 2007 while earning his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with a minor in Business Administration.
As a graduate assistant under Head Coach Mike Keehn, Hill was primarily charged with the recruiting. During the three years in which he excelled in the recruiting field, he also performed other administrative duties.
After leaving UNA, and before joining the AAMU, he continued his coaching career as an assistant coach at Motlow State Community College and Bevill State Community College. Mitch spent one year at Bevill State prior to the athletic program being cut from the college. During that year, he had the top three recruiting classes in the state of Alabama.
After BSCC, he spent one year at Motlow State in Lynchburg, Tenn. under Head Coach Dan McShea. Mitch helped guide the Bucks to the best season in seven years with 34 wins and an appearance in the state tournament.
“First of all I’m excited. I’ve had a lot of family support and I want to thank my wife Erin Lynn Hill,” Coach Hill expressed. “Being on ‘The Hill’ for the past year, and bringing in a good recruiting class this year, we are taking baby steps. We made it to the conference tournament for the first time in five years last season, and with the recruiting class I brought in this year, we are looking to make huge steps in the whole scheme of things.”
“Everyone in this area and community has been good to me. I am truly excited and I look to be here for a while,” Hill added. “I would like to thank Bryan Hicks and the Department of Athletics for giving me this opportunity to be the head coach.”